The MTV Africa Music Awards held in Durban, South Africa on Saturday 7th June 2014 at the ICC Centre marked the return of the MAMAs after a three year hiatus. All the top African acts came out to support the show, hopefully pick up an award or two and strut their stuff on the red carpet.
I take a look at who got it right and who got it wrong -
Got It Right
The lovely Tiwa Savage made Nigeria proud at the event winning Best Female Artist. Even a broken zipper on her Valentino jumpsuit, her original choice for the event, could not stop the Mavin Records first lady. She looked chic in her last minute replacement orange and white Celine dress which she paired with a striped clutch bag and white strap sandals, accessorized with gold bracelets.
Ghanaian singer/song-writer Efya, is ravishing in red in a form fitting dress accessorized with gold cuffs and and statement ring.
DJ Cuppy was all smiles as she posed on the red carpet in a Mary Katrantzou skater dress and gold pums, accessorized with a statement necklace. A fun, girly look with just enough sparkle for the red carpet.
Nomzana certainly made a statement on the red carpet. From the embroidery on the shoulder of her black thigh high slit dress to the perfectly rolled up braids, everything just seemed to be working together for her good. She paired the outfit with a black sandals.
Radio/TV personality, Toke Makinwa glitters in a metallic gold skirt from Vonne Couture, paired with a black and gold patterned blouse and a black sandals for a stylish, understated look.
South African DJ Zinhle ditched the flowing gowns and thigh skimming dresses for a tux look which distinguished her from the crowd. She paired her blue pant suit with a gold sequin top and pointy heels.
The Kedike singer went for a classic look in a black thigh high slit dress with an ankara trimmed cinched waist.
Miss Nigeria 2013, Ezinne Akudo in navy blue bandage dress that shows off her lovely figure is a little on the safe side wore but the bright yellow pointy heels take it up a notch.
Ezinne Akudo, Miss Nigeria 2013
South African TV presenter and radio DJ, Thando Thabethe strikes a fierce pose in a long sleeved white dress with a thigh high slit. Bright pointy heels finish the look.
5 FM radio host Thando Thabethe 5 FM radio host Thando Thabethe
A Bit Too Much
Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria 2013, Anna Ebiere Banner is lovely as always in her purple gown and minimal accessories. However, I think the outfit is more suited for a glam fashion event or movie premiere and not an contemporary music award ceremony.
MBGN 2013 – Anna Ebiere Banner.
South African TV presenter and radio DJ, Bonang Matheba dazzled on the red carpet in a green cut-out gown with an embellished bodice and flowing cape which left me wondering if this was the MAMAs or a costume party. Maybe without the cape the dress would have made more sense, but seeing as the top of the dress was also poorly fitted, I’ll conclude that her total ensemble is not appropriate for the event.
South African pop duo, Mafikizolo looked glamorous together. Theo Kgosinkwe was one of the more debonair men at the event in a bright three piece suit and contrasting blue shirt, tie and pocket square. Nhlanhla Nciza looked lovely in her form fitting turquoise dress with black sequinned straps. They won two awards, for Best Group and Song of The Year, with their hit single Khona.
This couple look well suited together with the gentleman going for a well tailored suit in a neutral shade. The lady’s dress is a bit overblown for the event but pretty harmless in black.
Diamond Platnumz & Wema Sepetu Wema
South Africa musician Khuli Chana looks smart in a purple suit and collarless white shirt accessorized with the beautiful lady in a monochrome dress and white cape. Her look is a bit dressy but they do look good together.
Men In Suits
South African artist Danny K was my best dressed man at the event in his spiffy chocolate suit and white shirt with the slim tie and pocket square to complete the look.
Tee Billz was the perfect gentleman in a black suit, buttoned up white shirt and no tie. Sometimes less is just better and I admire the simple sophistication of the outfit.
The Limpopo singer could not decide whether to wear a bow tie or a normal tie so he decided to wear the two, using the bow tie as a pocket square. Apart from the double tie, I think he pulled off the slim suit quite nicely with embellished lapels and studded shoes for a little edge.
The senior VP and managing director, Viacom International Media Networks Africa, Alex Okosi was super cool in his suit and tee with white sneakers.
Blazers and Denim
Davido in a red blazer, black trousers and black tee, accessorized with gold jewelries is classic hip hop style. He won two awards at the event – Best Male Artist and Artist of The Year.
Fally Ipupa went for a smart casual in a t-shirt, dark jeans and a blazer paired with a embellished shoes.
Ghanian music star, Sarkodie won the award for Best Hip Hop. He attended the event in a purple jacket with velvet lapels, black shirt and trousers with his Sark belt and embellished shoes.
AKA’s fresh and fun magazine print blazer with velvet lapels, dresses up a white tee, black trousers and black sneakers accessorised with gold chains and Raybans.
Black and White
It would be difficult to miss Trey Songz on the red carpet with that smile, I can barely focus on his outfit. The R & B singer goes for no frills in a white shirt, black trousers and monochrome trainers.
I like Flavour’s shirt but the black shoes with white sole are too matchy matchy. Flavour won the award for Best Live Act.
Donald definitely stands out in his in leather jacket with black and white print sleeves and slim trousers paired with patent shoes.
Marlon Wayans went for a cool metallic trimmed jacket and dark trousers, paired with sleek black sneakers.
French Montana pulled together his dressed down look in a velvet sweater and jeans accessorized with lots of gold accents on his neck, sunglasses, wrists and sneakers.
Igbo rapper Phyno rocked his signature Alobam tee, a leather jacket, ‘skit’ detail trousers, a pair of boots and of course he did not forget the rapper standard of a gold chain to complete his looks.
I don’t quite understand what look Miguel was going for with this puffed jacket. However, I like the not to 90s urban style with the plaid shirt and bandana.
Dr Sid went for really a casual look in a white shirt, trousers and a denim waist jacket and would just get a pass but those boots though…
What were they thinking?
The MTV Shuga TV Series star, Dorcas-Shola-Fapson wore a blue body con open back dress. I guess she was going for the sexy as hell look but the outfit doesn’t do it for me.
Dorcas Shola Fapson
So I had to check the name of the event again to confirm I was looking at the right photos, he probably thought it was an audition for Pirates of The Carribean. From the glasses to the cape, down to the trousers ad boots nothing could justify this look at the event.
Sizwe Dhlomo must have enjoyed the movie Coming To America so much that he decided to come to the awards dressed like the prince of Zamunda. Ok, now I’ve got that out of my system, I have to say it’s OTT but definitely unique and attention grabbing!
Who’s your pick for best (or worst) dressed entertainer?